Memphis Matters November 2011




Club & Chapter News

2012 Distinguished Teaching Award Nominations
As a graduate of the U of M, you probably remember very fondly a professor who deserves public recognition for the way he or she has helped you in your education. Nominate your most deserving professor(s) for the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award. For more information or to submit your nomination, click here. The deadline for submissions is November 18.

2012 Distinguished Advising Award Nominations
You are invited to submit a nomination for the 2012 Distinguished Advising Award. Faculty and professional staff members who advise undergraduate students may be nominated. This award, sponsored by the University of Memphis Alumni Association, was established to recognize excellent advising on our campus. Click here to submit your nomination. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 27.

Journalism Alumni Club
Outstanding Alumni Awards

November 2011

Atlanta Alumni Club
Join the Atlanta Alumni Club at its upcoming Tiger Basketball Watch Parties. All alumni, fans and friends are welcome. Cheer on our Tigers this Tuesday, November 15 at 12 noon EST at Mazzy's Sports Bar & Grill as they take on the Belmont Bruins. Click here to view a complete list of upcoming watch parties.

Young Alumni Committee

The Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Committee will host a Happy Hour at Alchemy in Cooper Young on Tuesday, November 15, from 5-6:30 pm. Join fellow University of Memphis Young Alumni for an after-work drink at the brand new restaurant, Alchemy Memphis. Mix and mingle, and debrief after our super successful True Blue 5K. Invite potential Committee members to join us! For more information or to RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at or 901.678.1562.

On Thursday, November 17, UMAR members and friends are invited to enjoy lunch at 11 am at the Woman’s Exchange Tea Room located at 88 Racine Street followed by a 1 pm guided tour of the “Choosing to Participate” exhibition by Facing History and Ourselves at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue. Lunch is on your own and the tour is free. Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333 for more information.

On Tuesday, November 29 at 11 am the UMAR Book Club will enjoy breakfast at Brother Juniper’s before discussing the literary work, The American Plague by Molly Caldwell Crosby. Author Molly Caldwell Crosby will be attending to discuss the book also. Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333 for more information.

On Wednesday, December 7 at noon UMAR members and friends are invited to enjoy favorites of the Christmas season by Leroy Anderson as Calvary & the Arts welcomes Conductor Mei-Ann Chen and members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Christmas Pops at the Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North Second Street in Downtown Memphis. The concert is free and lunch afterward at Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous is on your own. This event is always standing room only, so please arrive early. RSVP to Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333.

On Tuesday, December 13 UMAR’s annual Holiday Brunch, awards presentation and silent auction will take place in the University Center Ballroom. Silent Auction proceeds go to endow the UMAR Memorial Scholarship fund. Please contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333 to donate an auction item or for more information.

MPA Alumni Club
Help the MPA Club with its Fall Service Project: a holiday "toy drop" benefiting the Porter Leath Children's Center. Bring new, unwrapped toys and bicycles to the Ned McWherter Library, campus Rec Center or the University Center on November 7-18.  All donations will be given to Porter-Leath. Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333 for more information.

True Blue Day at the Lambuth Campus

Engineering Alumni Chapter
The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter is seeking nominations for its 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient. This award will be presented to a deserving engineering graduate at the Engineering Awards Dinner in the spring.  Nominees should be graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their personal and professional activities, academic pursuits, research activities, service to the University or community involvement. Deadline for submission of nominations is November 18. For a nomination form or more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333.

The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter will hold a Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, December 7 from noon to 1 pm at the Alumni Center (located at 635 Normal Street). The speaker is alumnus Steven L Barry, P.E., (BSME '84) who is currently the Chief of Readiness at the Memphis District office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His presentation will cover the historic flood of 2011 and the operation of the Birds Point New Madrid Floodway north of New Madrid, MO. The cost to attend this lunch is $5 for Alumni Association members and $10 for not-yet members, and includes a boxed lunch and a certificate for one professional development hour.

Maui Invitational Luau
Join the University of Memphis Alumni Association for an authentic beach luau Saturday, November 19, at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa at 5 pm. Click here for more information. Reservations are required and must be confirmed with Alumni Coordinator Terez Wilson at or 901/678-5686 by Wednesday, November 16.

University College Alumni Chapter
On Thursday, December 1, the University College Alumni Chapter will host its annual holiday reception and silent auction in the Alumni Center conference room. All proceeds will benefit the Chapter's book scholarship fund. To RSVP or to donate an auction item, contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333.

True Blue Day at the Lambuth Campus
100 Years, 100 Women
Women have inspired the University of Memphis throughout our century. Help us choose one hundred who have influenced our success by nominating one who inspired you! In honor of the Center for Research on Women’s 30th Anniversary and 100 years of The University of Memphis, CROW, African and African American Studies, and the Department of History will host an event celebrating 100 women who inspired our century. Their achievements will be heralded throughout the evening, and their names will be remembered for generations to come. If you know of a woman—past or present—who made a difference to The University of Memphis, visit to make your nomination by December 31, 2011. Join us on Friday, April 27, 2012 at The University of Memphis Holiday Inn to celebrate  30 years of CROW and 100 Years of Women at The University of Memphis! Tickets on sale in January. For more information call 901.678.2770 or visit the CROW website.

Education Alumni Chapter

In 2012, the College of Education will celebrate 100 years of educating teachers. To commemorate this occasion, the College of Education Alumni Chapter will honor faculty and alumni from each of the 10 decades at a Centennial Event in April 2012. We invite you to submit a nomination for the College of Education Hall of Fame. Deadline for nominations is January 27. More information about the April event to follow. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at or 901/678-1562.

Save the Date: UMAA Reunion Weekend

The University of Memphis Alumni Association will host the Centennial Alumni Reunion Weekend on April 20, 2012 – April 22, 2012. Formal invitation and information to follow. For more information on this upcoming event, please contact Alumni Coordinator Alexa Begonia at or 901/678-3873.

Vision for Victory Brick Campaign

Tiger fans, want to cement your name in Memphis Tigers history? You can, by purchasing a Vision for Victory Brick. Show your Tiger Pride by securing your own personalized brick, which will adorn the walkway to the Memphis Tigers Football Complex and brand new Indoor Practice Facility. Choose from one of three brick options to recognize alumni, the name of your company or your favorite Tiger memory. Quantities are limited, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to be a part of the historical first installment and to permanently reserve your place in Tiger Nation. To order, go online to or call 678-2334.

New Benefit for Alumni and Students: Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Have an idea for a new business venture, but need assistance putting the details together? The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a new service on the University of Memphis campus that is available for all students and alumni free of charge. Beginning with idea generation and continuing through product launch, they can help develop cutting edge solutions. Available services include: idea development, technical assistance, skills training, mentoring, networking support, legal advice, financial guidance, and personalized feedback on business plans. For more information, contact the department at or 901/678-5266. The office is located in Room 326 of the FedEx Institute of Technology.


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